Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is inviting applications for the German Chancellor Fellowship commencing October 2020, from university graduates with an international outlook and initial leadership experience, from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. They could be prospective decision-makers, multipliers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture.

Fellows spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad, who are also sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, to explore new solutions to global issues. During their stay in Germany, the German Chancellor Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects in above-mentioned fields, at host institutions which they have selected themselves. The projects should be both socially significant and of long-term, visible impact, whilst helping to advance the fellows’ career development.

The stay in Germany begins with a language scholarship for an obligatory 2-month intensive German language course which takes place during August and September 2020. An additional language course in July may be awarded or the length of the course could be reduced if warranted. The German Chancellor Fellowship is for 12 months and starts in officially on 1 October 2020 with a 4-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin. It is followed by 11 months of individual project work from November 2020 to September 2021.

During the spring, a 2-week study tour of Germany takes place. Other events include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s annual meeting with a reception held by the Federal President and a final meeting in Berlin which includes a reception at the Federal Chancellery. Fellowship extensions of up to 3 months are possible.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selects up to 50 German Chancellor Fellows every year, with 10 from each country.


Fellows are given a grant of €2,170,  €2,470 or €2,770 per month, depending on the fellow’s qualifications. This sum includes a flat-rate mobility fee and a subsidy to help meet healthcare and liability insurance costs. Each fellow will also be given an allowance for research costs amounting to €500 per month for the host in Germany; a lump sum for the fellow’s travel to and from Germany if these costs are not borne by a third party; allowances for family members accompanying the fellow to Germany for a minimum of 3 months (up to €346 a month for marital partners and up to €274 a month for each child); German courses in the fellow’s own country prior to the stay in Germany as well as during the stay in Germany to intensify the knowledge of German acquired during the intensive language course.

Fellows who need to stay for 1 to 2 months at an institute in Europe that is not in the fellow’s own country, to conduct their projects, will receive a Europe allowance. Fellows will also receive extensive alumni sponsorship after the stay in Germany has been completed successfully, in particular, to promote networking with the collaborative partners in Germany during the alumni’s entire professional careers.


Applicants must be nationals of  Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA with initial proven leadership experience. Those with a preponderantly academic background should have acquired initial leadership experience in addition to their own research activity. Applicants must have obtained a Bachelors or equivalent academic degree completed less than 12 years ago and are proficient in either German or English. The proposed project must be one that the fellow has developed himself or herself with the German host.

Those who have been in Germany for more than 6 months immediately before the application deadline of 15 September 2019 are not eligible.

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Previous career and leadership potential
  • Significance of fellowship for further career development
  • Potential to build bridges between home country and Germany
  • International outlook and future role as an international leader
  • Existing knowledge to help complete the project successfully and
  • Relevance of the project for the dialogue of modern societies


Applications are to be submitted online by 15 September 2019.

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